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Archiving website Storify to get Arabic translation thanks to Gulf volunteers - The National

Archiving website Storify to get Arabic translation thanks to Gulf volunteers - The National | Wordpress | Web-building | Scoop.it
Device allows social media stories to be saved for posterity.

DUBAI // A popular social-media archiving site will soon be available with an Arabic interface thanks to the volunteer translation group Taghreedat.

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Hundreds of volunteer translators in the UAE and across the Arab World are involved in translating Storify, which is expected to go live this year.

This year, Taghreedat volunteers also completed a translation of Twitter, and last month the non-profit group announced a partnership with the Wikimedia Foundation, the organisation behind Wikipedia.

Qatar-based Sami Al Mubarak and Mina Takla were the brains behind the launch of Taghreedat, which is now being supported by Abu Dhabi's twofour54 media cluster and is officially based in the UAE.

Storify, which was launched in San Francisco in 2010, enables users to search social-media sites and gather material together to form stories or timelines, which can then be preserved.

Postings to sites such as Twitter disappear over time, but with Storify they can be kept forever.


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Translating Your Website: Why Do It? | Gigbucks Blog

Translating Your Website: Why Do It? | Gigbucks Blog | Wordpress | Web-building | Scoop.it

The Internet is an incredibly powerful and popular invention; millions of people use the online world to tackle various tasks no matter what the time of day. Whether a person wishes to shop, do research or talk with friends, there is a website to fit that need. Many website owners are learning that several steps must be taken in order to stand out; one option involves translating a website into another language.

The benefits of translating your website...


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Seven Tips to Improve Website Search Rankings

Seven Tips to Improve Website Search Rankings | Wordpress | Web-building | Scoop.it

With more than 644 million estimated active websites on the internet today and growing, businesses need to work harder to get noticed online. For small businesses that don’t already have an established market presence this means finding ways to do more with less – and that’s where Search Engine Optimization (SEO) comes into play.

SEO is about making a company’s website as visible as possible when related information is requested through different search methods such as engines like Google or Bing. Most large, well-established and tech savvy companies have the advantage of prominence and often more budget to put into creating brand recognition.

If smaller businesses are looking for budget-friendly ways to maximize their chances of being found through search and attracting more traffic to their website, there are a few SEO-related tactics they can employ themselves with their website to help with that.

Whether a business is in the process of building a website in-house or working with an external developer and wanting to understand or speak their language here are seven tips for businesses to improve their site’s search rankings:

Secure Links – For SEO this means reaching out to industry associations, loyal clients and other complimentary businesses to encourage them to link to your site from areas like their blogs and resource pages. This is a signal that search engines, such as Google use in their rankings algorithms and will help to improve a website’s rankings.

Update content regularly – Ensuring content is unique, compelling and fresh is key to keeping the attention of website visitors. Consider blog posts, videos, images, webinars, eBooks, widgets, infographics, and primary research as ways to renew content on a regular basis.

Variety in content – A Forrester study found that pages containing a mixture of text and video are 50 times more likely to rank higher in search results. Make sure to include more than one type of content sharing per web page.

Ensure the site is “social media optimized” – With the growing influence that social media has on a company’s relationship with potential and existing customers, it’s vital to ensure all website pages have the company’s social profile icons (i.e., Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest). These icons encourage and make it easy to share the information and increase the chance of it being found in a search.


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Blog » 5 Things to Consider When Translating a Website | Language Intelligence

Whether your company already has customers outside of the US, or you’re considering getting your feet wet in international markets, website translation is a logical first step in reaching out to those customers. In 2012 the first place your prospective customers are going to find a product or service is the internet. In the US people search in English (mostly). In Spain people search in Spanish, in China they search in Chinese (and they don’t use Google). When your prospective customer finds your website they will leave immediately if they can’t read the content. How do you reach out to your Chinese customers? – Website translation into Chinese.

If you have already decided website translation is important, following are 5 things to consider that can help make the project run a little smoother:


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9 Essential Things To Consider When Translating Your Website | CustomerThink

9 Essential Things To Consider When Translating Your Website | CustomerThink | Wordpress | Web-building | Scoop.it

You just want to translate your website. It should be simple, right?

Unfortunately, localizing your company’s website is much more than translating text. Sure, you can adopt a free website application and crank out a thirty-language website in no time. But if you want to ensure quality language translation, brand consistency and a website that is fit for each of your end users, you may want to put a little more localization thought into it.

Whether you’re just starting to think about translating your website or you already have multilingual webpage experience, here are a few things to consider when planning your next website localization project.


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